Sound Around

In 2017, Orchestras Live embarked on a ground-breaking project: Sound Around. This large-scale audience-focused, youth-led, inclusive learning and participation programme is influencing the concept of orchestral performances and audiences long term. At the project’s heart, Young Producers were immersed in a creative team to engage with, curate and present live orchestral performances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sound Around aimed to generate inspirational opportunities for children and young people across England, particularly those with additional needs, and those with little or no access to live orchestral concert experiences.

Over two years, Sound Around reached:

  • 12,431 students from 300+ Carlisle, Doncaster, Lowestoft, Northampton, Reading and Sunderland primary, secondary & special schools
  • 113 Young Producers aged 11-18 from mainstream and SEN/D settings
  • 1,382 families and young people with additional needs at Relaxed performances
  • 2,200+ SEN/D young people aged 4-18 and staff through RPO Octet tour. 


 Headline outcomes

Find out about headline outcomes from Year One here.

Read the executive summary from the independent evaluation, by Sarah Bedell AAP Ltd, of Sound Around 2016-18 here.

Read about the legacy activity one year on from the end of Sound Around here.

Watch our video from the Sound Around Relaxed Family Concert in Northampton below.


Orchestras Live, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Arts Council England, The Dome Doncaster, Doncaster Music Education Hub, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust, Empire Theatre, Sunderland, Sunderland Music Hub, Suffolk County Council, Marina Theatre Lowestoft, Berkshire Maestros, The Hexagon Reading, Cumbria Music Education Hub, The Sands Centre Carlisle and local funders.

Find out more

Sound Around Facebook page
Sound Around project announcement
Update following Octet concerts, January 2017
Octet concerts feature on BBC Look North
Mid-project interviews, Year One
Tim Steiner Music Leader’s perspective
First Year Round Up
Meet the Young Producers video, Lowestoft 2018
Adapting the model – debate on relaxed performances
Lowestoft Young Producers reflect on Sound Around, video